A Level Physics

“Physics is a breathtaking subject. I have learnt so many mind-blowing facts that I had no idea about. I have studied exciting new topics; quantum physics, radioactivity, medical physics and astronomy to name a few. Our teacher makes fun and active lessons, we have practicals or demos on a weekly basis and I never get bored.”

A Level Physics student

What will I study?

Year 12 and 13
A Level Physics equips students with a wide range of academic and practical skills through the study of 6 modules.

  1. Development of practical skills
  2. Foundations of physics
  3. Forces and motion
  4. Electrons, waves and photons
  5. Newtonian world and astrophysics
  6. Particles and medical physics

How will I be assessed?
The A level course is assessed by linear examinations. A Level students are examined on all six modules at the end of Year 13, two papers of 37% each and a synoptic paper of 26% of the total marks. 40% of the question paper assessment covers mathematical skills. In addition, A Level students will be awarded the practical endorsement certificate after successfully completing practical work set during the two year course.

What do I need to study the course?
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Physics and one other science (GCSE Biology or GCSE Chemistry) or Grade 6:6 or above in GCSE Combined Science.
GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics (higher paper) is essential. GCSE Grade 6 or above in Mathematics is recommended.

Where will an A Level in Physics lead me?
Students who have studied Physics at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone on to take degrees in Radiography, Aeronautics with Astronautics and Aerodynamics, Bio-Engineering,  Science and Engineering and Radiography.  Physics is used in a range of industries:  engineering, electronic research and development.  Telecommunications, power and transport.  Gas, oil and electricity industries and research into new or renewable sources of energy like wind farms.  In the medical field areas of  MRI scanners, lasers used in surgery, ultrasound and  radiography.  Steel, plastics and ceramics producers and companies using these materials.  The Ministry of Defence.  Space science.  Physics teachers are in demand.